Stillness and Illumination:

The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness

July 7 & 8, 2018 – Vancouver

The practices of Meditating with the Body invite us into relationship with the soma. In lives often marked by speed and distraction, this is revolutionary. The journey of human development, however, does not end here. Once in relationship with the body, our task becomes remaining in relationship – staying with the body and all that it offers.


The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness takes as it’s explicit aim the development of this capacity. Using building blocks from the Meditating with the Body curriculum, the practice guides us into embodiment in an increasingly deep and satisfying way. We touch the inherent stillness of the body and welcome it’s life-affirming illumination.   


This all-level, all-tradition workshop mixes guided meditation and group discussion.

Participants are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing, and to bring a blanket and mat to lay on. Should participants have a meditation cushion or bench, these are recommended – otherwise, chairs will be available.



About the Instructor  

Neil McKinlay is a Senior Teacher within the Dharma Ocean lineage. A longtime student of Reggie Ray, Neil draws from his training in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa to emphasize the accessibility and relevance of meditation in the modern world. Seeing the spiritual journey as an inherent part of the human journey, his teaching style is immediate and personal, always affirming the dignity and wholeness of our lives as they are.

Location:             Bridge & Enrich Lives Society

718 East 20th Ave

(Fraser & E. 20th Ave)

Time:                     9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday

Meal Breaks:      We will break for 90 minutes each day for lunch.  Please feel free to bring your own meal, if you wish – or take a walk to one of the nearby restaurants in the neighbourhood.

Questions or Special Needs – please contact the coordinators at



The cost for the weekend retreat is $150 Cdn.  You may register online here — or mail a cheque to 1376 Courtland Ave, Victoria, BC V9E 2C5.

If you would prefer to make your payment on arrival,  have questions, would like more information, or need assistance with special needs or participation arrangements — please contact us at: and we’ll be happy to help you.



Somatic Meditation: The Journey Home

June 7 – June 14, 2018 – Salt Spring Island, BC 


About the Program

Meditation is a coming home. Through the simple practice of being in one’s body, developing a sense of familiarity with and fidelity to immediate experience, we reconnect with the life we are living and the person we are. Under the guidance of Senior Teacher Neil McKinlay, this week-long retreat will explore the foundational methods of somatic meditation offered by the Dharma Ocean lineage. We will find our way through the confusion and distraction that so characterize our everyday lives. We will come into contact with the openness and knowing that are our true nature. We will come home.


To register for this program, please follow ‘Register Now‘ the link on the Dharma Ocean website when it becomes available here. Registration will open in the next few weeks, and close May 27, 2017.  The total price of the retreat ranges from $1,011 to $1,350 USD. Price range is dependent on your choice of housing. This price includes food, tuition, lodging, and tax.